Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Walker "site" update State archaeologist casts doubt on ancient find in Walker
The state archaeologist is casting doubt on claims that an archaeological dig in the northern Minnesota city of Walker has turned up ancient stone tools between 13,000 and 14,000 years old.

Minnesota State Archaeologist Scott Anfinson, in a report released Monday, said the materials found at the excavation site were more likely to have been produced by natural forces such as flowing water or glacial movement.

The majority of the artifacts "did not demonstrate the characteristics that one would expect from humanly produced stone artifacts," he said in his eight-page report.

Hmmmmm. . . . .link to the actual report here. The conclusion is based on conversations with several lithic specialists (who know the area) who were apparently unanimous in their rejection of the objects as cultural. So, they've got an uphill battle to demonstrate that this is an actual archaeological site. I predict it goes nowhere (the absence of any other features or faunal remains is also very troubling).